Category: Middle East

Billy Nessen: East Timor in Suharto’s Shadow

Dili, June 28, 1998. They came running at us, screaming something. One man’s face was painted red and white, the Indonesian flag, and his fist hit my chin, a sharp jolt near my ear as I staggered back. His colleagues surrounded me and Felipe and Jose, two East Timorese university students, on the narrow side-street. Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Pres. Clinton’s Visit to Central America

President Bill Clinton just completed a four day visit to Central America. In Nicaragua and Honduras, he briefly visited areas most devastated by Hurricane Mitch in late October, 1998. In Posoltega, Nicaragua on March 8, near two villages that were buried by mud, killing 2000 people, he promised small amounts of aid, and announced the Read more…

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Joel Kovel: So You Want To Be A Senator?

  When I was asked by the Green Party to run for Al D’Amato’s senate seat in New York, I faced a starkly unfavorable prospect. The winner-take-all election system is designed to keep small parties out, in contrast to the proportional representation system of many parliamentary democracies, such as Germany, where Greens have been able Read more…

Dennis bernstein and larry Everest: Cops That Maim And Kill

  The following passage comes from a recent report by Amnesty International’s historic, 150-page report–United States of America: Rights for All. "There is a widespread and persistent problem of police brutality….Thousands of individual complaints about police abuse are reported each year….Police officers have beaten and shot unresisting suspects; they have misused batons, chemical sprays and Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Reinventing Antipoverty

On the morning of October 21, 1998, Paul Dixon’s alarm went off just before 3:00 AM. He and three housemates dragged tired bodies out of bed and made their way on bicycle from their home on the west end of downtown Toronto to a community center several blocks east The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) Read more…

James Petras: title(“Who’s Lying to Who in the Gulf?”)

  The Clinton-orchestrated worldwide military campaign to bomb Iraq has created one of the broadest coalitions in recent history. European Social Democrats and Middle Eastern Sheikdoms; Chinese and Russian ex-Communists join with free marketeers in Latin America to echo Washington’s rhetoric. The list is long and the military threats are real–echoed in the United Nations Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Civil Rights & Patriotism

"stoke of the pen"– that the current administration’s infamous "don’t ask/ don’t tell" compromise has actually made the situation of gay men and lesbians in the armed forces worse. This emphasis on overcoming anti-gay discrimination in the military has, however, prevented the movement from taking a more progressive, and harder, look at the symbolic and Read more…

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David Bacon: title(“Fraud In Oakland’s Garbage Sweatshop”)

When 70 workers walked out of a west Oakland recycling facility August 21, they simply wanted a raise. But the increasingly bitter East Bay strike uncovered, not just abusive working conditions and poverty wages, but de facto municipal sanction of a garbage-sorting sweatshop, operated for years in violation of its own city contract.  As the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Bombing A La Mode

The U.S. leadership and elite are ready, willing, and often eager to drop bombs on the lesser peoples of the world. They can do this without fear of retaliation because of the huge military advantage of a superpower and the subservience of the "international community." U.S. leaders are also never constrained by any sense of Read more…

Hannibal Travis: Congress Privatizes the Net

Buried deep in the mammoth spending bills recently passed by Congress, with barely a whimper from the "all-Lewinsky, all-the-time" news media, were two complex pieces of legislation that threatened to further erode privacy and free speech on the Internet. Between them, the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) criminalize speech Read more…

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